MPs face ‘mixed fortunes’ in reshuffle

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s Labour MPs could be set for mixed fortunes in leader Ed Miliband’s first shadow cabinet reshuffle.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband now has the power to choose his own shadow cabinet members.

Previously, when Labour has been in opposition, its members have voted on who should be in the shadow cabinet, with the leader then choosing which post they have.

Michael Dugher, private secretary to Ed Miliband and former advisor to Gordon Brown, was elected as Barnsley East MP last year. He is among Labour’s new members tipped for rapid promotion.

But Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is one of those viewed as vulnerable to losing her shadow cabinet role.

Ms Flint, shadow communities secretary, is from the Blairite wing of the party and had a notorious fall-out with Gordon Brown .

Commentators have claimed that, although Ms Flint is experienced, she has had a ‘low profile’ in her current post and not been effective enough in attacking the coalition Government.

There is speculation that John Healey, shadow health secretary and Wentworth and Dearne Labour MP, could be moved to a different post although it is expected he will remain in Mr Miliband’s shadow cabinet.

Mr Healey is popular within the party, winning the second highest number of votes in last year’s election of shadow cabinet members within the party.

As well as Mr Dugher, other expected winners from Labour’s shadow cabinet reshuffle are tipped to include Tony Blair’s former flatmate, Lord Falconer, who served as Lord Chancellor when the party won power in 1997.

Mr Miliband has not yet decided when to carry out the reshuffle of his term.